2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo: I'm Getting Too Old for This...
March 24, 2011
I'm not the target demographic for the Buick brand. I like ridiculous modes of transportation that are either inconvenient, dangerous or both. Say what you will about Buick's push for a more youthful audience, but I think the brand will always appeal more to the older folks. I think that driver places performance and driver engagement low on their priorities -- well below comfort and ease of use.
Last night, however, I was that driver.
It's been a busy couple of days. I was drained. The rain was coming down and traffic was backed up for miles. I just wanted to get home to my girl, my cat and my TV. I didn't want to be entertained by slick-road powerslides or a roaring exhaust -- my ears were still ringing from the last motorcycle I rode. I was tired, probably on the edge of being annoyed. I looked at the Regal and said, "Don't try to impress me, just get me home, ok?"
In the process, the Regal did manage to impress me, because it was just what I needed. It didn't keep me busy, or demand anything past the basics of driving skills. It was quiet, allowing me to just relax. The ride was smooth and the steering was featherlight. Nobody hassled me by trying to get me to drag race them at a signal, I just anonymously faded into the background. Perfect.
My complaints were few, which was surprising, since I was on the verge of being cranky when I left the office. I forgot my iPod cable on my desk and the Regal doesn't have streaming Bluetooth. Oh well. Parking in my backyard requires some sharp maneuvers in very cramped quarters and there's no backup camera. Rear visibility is pretty poor, but the parking sensors did their job just fine.
While there's no such thing as a perfect car, the Regal was perfect for me-- at least it was last night. I'm hoping to get the bounce back in my step real soon.
Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor